Sure, it was about 36 degrees this morning but the excitement about the new Collegiate Center at Edison Preparatory School was motivating enough to draw a crowd of supporters out on the school’s lawn to break ground on the project. It wasn’t just a quick “it’s cold outside event” either. No, this had to be celebrated right so we brought in the marching band and pom squad and took the time to recognize the goal of the project–we’re taking preparatory to a whole new level, and the groundbreaking ceremony had to be taken to a whole new level as well.
The KSQ design packs in 15 distinct spaces in the Collegiate Center, including two new multipurpose lecture and testing halls, two new concurrent enrollment classrooms, academic counseling offices, a computer research center, an academic study hall and lounge, and a conference room. The bond-funded addition will allow Edison to better serve its students as they begin to think about college entrance exams, meet with academic counselors to prepare applications and research the best collegiate fit for their areas of interest. It’s 18,500 square feet dedicated to the preparatory efforts and goals of Edison’s student body.
Edison principal Derrick Schmidt shared details of the project with the crowd and recognized the team responsible for making it a reality. He mentioned how much he enjoyed collaborating with KSQ Architects and Lead Designer Kyle Casper’s attention to detail.
Not only does the addition have extensive programming, but it also has two new FEMA-361, ICC-500 rated safe rooms as its base. Kyle dives into how the safe rooms shaped this project with
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Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard also spoke about the project and shared his hope that a second building addition will follow this project. He recognized the support of groundbreaking attendee Leigh Goodson – District 5 School Board member and President of Tulsa Community College.
KSQ Architects is supported on the project by Wallace Engineering and AEG Engineering, and general contractor Crossland Construction. Members of the project team joined Edison and Tulsa Public School officials in grabbing golden shovels and officially breaking ground on the new Collegiate Center:
Edison’s band started the music again and was joined this time by the pom squad. Amid the squad’s back flips and the drum sections breakdowns, the crowd spoke about the changes about to take place in the very spot they were standing while the school officials gave on-camera interviews and the project team talked details on getting the building in the ground.
The students–both in the crowd and performing for the crowd–kept the energy level up and represented the people the project is truly about: